1 July - Battle of the Somme began and lasted to December. Both sides suffered severe losses and the first day of the battle is also remembered as one of the most tragic in history in terms of the sheer numbers of dead and wounded.
Easter Rising in Ireland.
February 23 - Red Cross Society (NZ Branch) and the Central Council of the Order of St John hold their first meeting in Christchurch.
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STEWARDS' STAND FIRE: CUP DAY 1916
The big crowd at the Addington Trotting Grounds yesterday afternoon was provided with something not on the programme, for the fine new stewards' stand which has only been in existence for eighteen months of so, and was erected at a cost of approximately £8000, was utterly destroyed by fire.
The stand, which stood fifty yards or so to the north of the open grandstand, and about eighty yards to the north-west of the totalisator building, was a very fine structure of brick and rough cast, and to the casual eye looked fairly fireproof. Naturally on Cup day it was crowded, the greater proportion of those using it being congregated in the first floor and in the balcony.
About 1:15 pm, a gentleman upstairs in the stand remarked to a friend that it seemed to be getting warm, and, being of an enquiring nature, he prodded the floor with his walking stick in several places, ceasing his inquisitiveness when his stick went through the floor and smoke and flames were seen through the hole made. The officials were notified, and several got to work with a small hose and alead of water provided in the building for emergencies, and also with buckets. Those persons still in the stand were quietly notified to leave, and they did so without any undue excitment.
More drastic measures were then taken, the flooring being torn up with the idea of getting at the seat of the fire more effectively, and a call was also sent to the Christchurch Fire Brigade, who however, did not turn up at once, owing to the course being outside the fire district. Superintendent Warner, the Fire Chief, was on the course, and, when he became aware of the seriousness of the situation, he called the brigade on his own respobsibility. The well-meant efforts of those who had started to take up the flooring, apparently gave a chance to the strong draught spread the flames, more rapidly even than if nothing had been done, and fanned by the nor-'wester, the fire soon had a very strong hold of the building, tearing across from corner to corner.
The heat was intense in the enclosure, and it was not long before the great panes of plate-glass which enclosed the grandstand at its northern end began to crack and fall. Some people got to work and punched the panes out with sticks and pieces of wood. By this time the brigade had several leads of water on to the burning building. A piece of the falling plate-glass unfortunately came down on a lead of hose and gashed it severely, rendering it useless for a few minutes until fresh hose had been brought up to replenish the damaged portion.
To effect a save was quite hopeless so strong a hold had the fire got on the stand, but the firemen did what they could, and probably prevented the grandstand and the totalisator buildings from getting damaged. The first-named only received a scorching but the totalisator house, an inflammable structure, apparently received no damage at all, though spectators stated that at one time it looked as though it would certainly be destroyed.
Shortly before three the fire had practically burned itself out, the roof and all the big iron girders had fallen in, and only the shell of the lower storey was left, though the back and the concrete staircase giving access to the top of the building was more or less intact as regards the bottom portion. The crowd forgot the racing for the time being and assembled as close as the police and officials would allow, but interest in the conflagration soon waned, and in a short time the totalisator was going again for the Cup, and but for the soaking ruins everything looked almost normal.
The insurances total about £8500 divided among various offices. It is believed that the outbreak was due to the fusing of an electric cable in the building.
The stand was completed at Easter last year, but since then a good deal of work had been done to make the building complete in all its details. The concrete staircase and landings built at the back of the building, made the top available for the members of the club, and it provided seating accommodation for nearly 900 people. The erection of the massive staircase, with its wide landings, giving three approaches to the top storey, gave the stewards' stand a very handsome appearance, and it may be safely said that there was no building so well-equipped in all details anywhere in the Dominion.
The main doors opened on to a very handsome entrance hall, which with its tiled floor, polished desks and massive furniture, seemed quite like a banking chamber. The comfort of those who took part in the sport was carefully studied, and the dressing-room for riders and drivers was very well fitted with lockers and all other conveniences, including hot and cold shower baths.
Credit: The Press 8 Nov 1916
Credit: NZ Trotting Calendar 24Mar81
BELLE LOGAN - Classic Winner Producing Mares
BELLE LOGAN(1916 Logan Pointer/Curfew Bell), NZ family of Bonnie Belle; 2:20¾; £640, two wins; 11 foals, 9 winners. Breeder: W J Morland, Rakaia. Foals - 1926 Dillon Logan bred by D Rodgers, Rangiora, mare then shipped to Edgar Tatlow, Hayley, Tasmania in 1929; all other foaled in Australia including 1929 foal Pendant (in foal to Native King NZ).
Belle Logan's sire Logan Pointer (1909) was imported to NZ by Free Holmes in 1915. He sired 191 winners, Harold Logan being the stand out (two NZ Cups, three NZFFAs). His broodmare credits included InterDominion Champions Logan Derby, Grand Mogul and Springfield Globe. He was influential as broodmare sire of a numberof the progeny of Bonny Logan (Admiration, Bayard, Captain Morant, Coquette, Safety Pin) as well as Belle Logan (Jean Logan, Logan Derby, Lone Raider, Pendant). A member of the Tom Hal sire line, Logan Pointer was leading sire on seven occasions in NZ in a career shortened by his death in 1924.
Curfew Bell (Wildwood/Bonnie Belle), a half sister to Country Belle was the dam of Belle Logan and grand dam of Logan Derby, sire of Johnny Globe, in turn sire of Lordship etc. Bonnie Belle (Lincoln Yet/arab mare from the stud of Sir John Cracroft Wilson, Cashmere) was the foundation mare of this classic winner producing family. Her daughter Country Belle (1915 NZ Cup) will be reviewed with regards to the deeds of classic producing mare Rustic Maid in a future article.
Belle Logan had four unplaced starts as a four-year-old in 1919/20 before recording her only two wins(FPTC and Waimate RC). She raced as a five and six-year-old and she had one start as a seven-year-old. She only recorded one further placing. Belle Logan's progeny included the legendary Logan Derby, a son of Globe Derby and winner of 57½ races for prize money in excess of £10,000. These included being undefeated in the inaugural IDs in Perth 1936(three heats/final) and champion on points (heat winner, two thirds and fastest times from long marks) in 1940 also in Perth. Under the championship rules, Logan Derby with 18 points was proclaimed champion from Master Dixie(13½) and Grand Mogul(13⅓). Grand Mogul received £1,000 for his Grand Final victory, the same amount as Logan Derby who received a gold cup. During the ID carnival, Logan Derby established his 2:04TT record placing him among the first six horses to better the 2:05 mark in Australia.
Logan Derby spent time in NZ in late 1938 where in seven starts he won on three occasions and placed in the other four starts. His record showed: thirds in NZ Cup(Morello)/ Ollivier Hcp, second in Louisson Hcp before winning NZFFA - all during 1938 Cup carnival with three starts at Forbury Park resulting in wins in Forbury Hcp and Forbury Presidents Hcp before a second in his final NZ Start, Recovery Hcp. His NZ earnings amounted to £1,795.
Exported to NZ(1944) to F J Smith after initially standing at stud in Perth in 1943 for J P(John) Stratton) following his retirement at age 13, he sired 98 winners(36 in Aust). These included champion Johnny Globe(winner of 34 races/45 places, 15 FFAs, four world records, NZ/GN Derby, NZ Cup, NZFFA(2), leading sire/broodmare sire including Lordship, NZ Hall of Fame), Fabius(GN Derby), Jewel Derby/ Tapuwae(Rowe Cup), Vodka(Dominion Hcp, NZ Trotting FFA, first Australasian winner in North America, NZ Hall of Fame). He was dam sire of Logan Count(Dominion Hcp), Master Dean(NZFFA, five classic race mile wins). Logan Derby passed through a number of hands during his siring career - after Smith's death he went to Edgar Kennerley, then Tamahare owner RC Mason stood him for a number of years before being sold to George Youngson at Gore.
Pendant, was a winner in Tasmania including a heat of the 1939 IDs held at Elphin raceway, Launceston and grand dam of High Pendant(left four winners), sire of 16 winners including Sally Alla, Australian Broodmare of Year in 1987 & 1988. She was dam of Rowleyalla($½m, NSW Breeders Plate-2, HSW SS-3, Qld/NSW Derby, Qld Winter Cup, Aust 2YO mile record 1:55.0TT, Aust Mile record 1:52.6TT) and Grand Thor(ID heat). Jean Logan, won the Tasmanian Easter Cup but did not breed on.
Dillon Logan, recorded 11 wins(seven as a four-year-old) in NZ including Hawera/ Dunedin Cups and Oamaru Hcp. Lone Raider(Raider) whose nine wins included the CPTC Winter Cup. Van Logan (Van Derby), a winner in Australia was exported to NZ(1947) to stand at stud being a minor sire leaving 15 winners(four Aust). Other minor winners in Australia included Beaudesert, Speedy Logan and Logan Globe(dam of two winners). Non winning mare Para Belle left 11 foals for three winners.
Credit: Peter Craig writing in Harnessed Dec 2014
REFLECTION - Mystery Mare
In less than a decade the Reflection tribe through her daughter, Great Burton, a trotter of moderate ability, produced some astonishing performers virtually from nowhere. Unlike a lot of such overnight sensations this breed just went on, as the deeds of Elsu and a host of others testify. But it's beginnings seem to be almost too mundane to be true.
Michael McTeigue, who combined training with employment of the Islington Works, raced both Reflection foals Great Burton(2 wins) and Real Burton. Almost out of the blue those two really rocked the records when their respective foals, Burt Scott and Real Scott hit the tracks. McTeigue sold Burt Scott to Vis Alborn after an indifferent career start. Alborn won 10 of his first 12 starts with Burt Scott the following season, a new record for wins in one term. He was also the leading stake earner beating several famous names. These days he would have been a Pacer of the Year in virtually one season of racing!
Real Burton's foal, Real Scott,(Noble Scott) became something of a sensation in a similar style a few years later graduating to NZ Cup class from Noel Berkett's stable in one season(10 wins). That was extraordinarily difficult under the handicapping system as then operated where a horse went up a class after every win an sometimes even if second. No freebies until you got to free-for-all class.
Great Burton also left the stallion Scottish Star, the high class mare Zenith and Roydon Star ancestress of several top liners including Tobias, Take Care and Pocket Me. Zenith was prolific and it is to her Elsu traced along with stars like Tintin In America and De Lovely.
Two interesting asides, Great Burton was bred from largely by Ernest Johnson of Ellesmere, a breeder with an eye who had sold Prince Charming to Colin McLaughlin. Dick Monk carried the Great Burton line on with the Zenover branch. And from the somewhat mysterious Australian bred Reflection breed also came Silk Stockings the dam of Snowflake and other interesting skewbald pacers. Skewbald? Mmmm...that Reflection outfit was certainly different!
Credit: David McCarthy writing in Harnessed June 2016
JAMES BRYCE - CATHEDRAL CHIMES 1916
The new public stand caught fire, the Fire Brigade initially refused to come. Then there was the track drama.
In front of the burnt out stand on the last round Eccentric shied and Succeed put a foot through his wheel. Both fell. Five others lost all chance.
James Bryce and Cathedral Chimes were out in the middle of the track at the time and missed the crash. From there it was easy. Maybe they were there by accident or just avoiding the dust. But Jimmy might also have seen a very tight bunch, some of them with "history" and decided to take no risks.
That's our theory anyway.
J Bruce Thompson, the Invercargill based merchant who owned the Gore-bred Cathedral Chimes, left Addington with a stand burned to the ground and arrived home to find his large warehouse in Invercargill had suffered the same fate. Not a nice home-coming even with a NZ Cup in hand.
Credit: David McCarthy writing in Harnessed Oct 2016
Since 14-year-old trotter Monte Carlo won the first running of the NZ Trotting Cup at Addington in 1904, this time-honoured and prestigious event has invariably provided devotees of the sport with great excitement.
Seldom more so than in 1916, when fire completely destroyed the 18-month-old steward's and member's stand overlooking the birdcage, where today stands the course's plush new edifice, completed last year to replace the one built when the first structure was razed. So vital was the Cup to the 20,000 fans on course that day 74 years ago that there was no thought of abandonment of the race.
Its start was delayed for an hour and a half, and with the crowd evacuated from the stand to watch from ground level or alternative vantage points, the Cup was run through a thick pall of smoke which swarthed part of the track and led to a three-horse spill with a lap to travel
Said "The Press" on the morning after:
"About 1:15 pm, a gentleman upstairs in the stand remarked to a friend that it seemed to be getting warm, and, being of an enquiring nature, he prodded the floor with his walking stick in several places, ceasing his inquisitiveness when his stick went through the floor and smoke and flames were seen through the hole made. Officials were notified, and several got to work with a small hose and buckets. Those persons still in the stand were quietly told to leave.
More drastic action followed. The floor-boards were torn up, and a call went to the Christchurch Fire Brigade, who did not turn up at once, owing to the racecourse being outside the fire district. Superintendent Warner, the Fire Chief, was on the course, and, when made aware of the situation, called the brigade on his own authority. The well-intentioned efforts of those who tore up the floor-boards to get at the seat of the fire misfired, as the strong draught spread the flames.
The fire took a strong hold, and soon the large glass panels at the ends of the stand cracked and fell out. Saving the building became hopeless. Shortly before 3pm, the fire had practically burnt itself out. The roof and all the big iron girders had fallen in, and only the shell of the lower story remained."
The fire had first been noticed after the second race. As the field for the Cup paraded in the bircage for the Cup (the third race on the programme), it became obvious that the fire was serious, and the horses were sent straight out on to the track. On Fire Chief Warner's observation, "the stand is doomed," the word to evacuate was given. For a time it appeared the fire might also spread to the nearby public stand, which was already blackening with the heat. At 1:45pm, not long after the last members left their stand, the roof collapsed.
While the public had an extra hour in which to place bets on the Cup race, this, according to one report was not much use, as there was so much smoke around that no one could see the tote indicators.
A capacity field of 17 contested this Cup. Eccentric (Jack Brankin) made the pace. When still in front in thick smoke with a lap to run, he skipped and brought down Succeed (Lou Thomas), Brown Bell (W R Thomas) and Erin's King (Albert Hendricksen). Cathedral Chimes, who won the race, was a top pacer of his day and later a successful sire. He gave outstanding horseman James Bryce his first win in the Cup, and was a bargain buy, having been secured by his Southland owner, J B Thomson, for a few pounds. The previous season he had won the Auckland Cup. Evelyn, driven by Andy Pringle, was second, and Admiral Wood (Free Holmes) was third. Off 36 yards, Cathedral Chimes scored by six lengths and clocked 4:31 1/5 for the two miles.
Arguments about the stand continued for days. The fact that the band employed by the club had played throughout the day, uninterrupted by the fire, was a amusing sideline. Fusing of an electric cable in the building was said to be the source of the fire. The stand had been completed at Easter, 1915. It was generally considered it could have been saved had the fire regulations permitted the brigade to be sent to Addington when the first call went out. Built at a cost of £8000, the structure was insured for £8500 to cover improvements.
Apart from all that, the event was notable for the record number of 17 starters and Cathedral Chimes providing Scotty Bryce with the first of six training wins in the race. Bryce was the leading trainer in New Zealand that season after arriving only a few years earlier. His horses on an accompanying boat had been shipwrecked, but arrived later and set him on the way to a career a one of our greatest horsemen.
Credit: Ron Bisman writing in HRWeekly 31Oct90
Just as the horses were going out of the enclosure to warm up for the Cup, a lady leaned over the members' balcony and called out that the stand was on fire. At first it was thought to be a false alarm, but it was only too true and the whole building was soon blazing.
On account of a ridiculous regulation the fire brigade would not come to save the building for some time and when they did arrive it was a hopeless case. It is presumed that the cause of the outbreak was the same old thing, fused wires.
The officials stuck gamely to the programme and though a damper was put on everything the day's racing was finished as previously arranged. Our Thorpe was the only scratching for the Cup. The champion is not quite himself, so his people decided to pull him out. Cathedral Chimes ran up to his track form and won very easily, but an ugly accident at the beginning of the last lap made things much easier for him. At the beginning of the final round for the Cup the field bunched and things looked good for a fine termination of a grand race, but, unfortunately, Succeed put her foot through Eccentrics wheel and down she went with Erin's King and Brown Bell piled on top of her. Tommy C. and Jingle were saved by being swerved to the outside rails, but their chances were settled. Eccentric had to be pulled up on account of a bucked Wheel.
Ashburton backed Emilius as if he could not lose and, of course, saved their money through the stable's second leg, Evelyn, running into a minor but dividend paying place. They are still satisfied that, taking a line from Evelyn's performance, that her brother should have won the Cup. Writer is of the opinion that on the day nothing could have beaten Cathedral Chimes. Admiral Wood paced a great race and but for the accident certainly would have finished in front of Evelyn.
Wallace Wood, Frandocio, St. Ursula, Steel Bell, and Don Caesar never gave their supporters any reason to think they might get a dividend. W. R. Thomas's pair, Brown Bell and Succeed, were both going well when they fell and looked to have a chance of getting some of the money as they stay well. Thomas was unfortunate enough to break a collarbone.
Manderini got fourth money, but he fluked it. Eccentric made all the early running, but he was gone when the smash occurred. Hendricksen was driving a great race on Erin's King. This horse did not get going very smartly, but his driver got on the rails and never left them. Always creeping closer to the leaders he was on the fence just behind Thomas's pair when the smash occurred.
Writer was very pleased to see E. Berry turn out two wlnners in Miss Salisbury and Olive L. This young trainer until lately has always had to do with horses that other trainers could not do any good with, and such is not a profitable business. It is only during the last few months that there has been anything decent in his stables. Berry is delivering the goods with them . Erln's King got some skin knocked of when he fell.
Trotting In great style Olive L. never left the Middleton Handicap in doubt. The little mare got over the two miles in 4.44 3-5. which is much her best time to date. She was handicapped on something like 4.51. El Carbine might have won the Middleton Handicap if he had attended to his work properly. He would not go steadily for any distance and so had to remain content with second place. The bracketed pair, Woodchild and Commander Bell, did not get away properly and were never near the leading division. Once again Treasure Seeker and Norval King showed themselves to be poor stayers.
The pony Soda paced a great race in the Lyttelton Handicap. It was a fine performance for one of her inches to get to the end of two miles in 4.57 1-5. A protest was entered against her by the owner of Cappriccio for foul driving on Bryce's part but it was not sustained. Irvar, ran like a non-stayer or else he is a rank quitter. Sir Fulham is not to be relied upon at the start. He has got undoubted pace. The Whip is both looking and pacing well. Messervey deserves credit tor the condition he has the chestnut in and deserves to win shortly. As usual, Cappriccio went a great race, but the pony had too many guns for her. Huon Drift still has got a great objection to leaving the mark properly.
On account of a great go over twelve furlongs, Author Dillon was made a hot favorite for the Rlccarton Handicap. He broke at the start and lost a lot of ground. In consequence of which he could hot catch Sherwood. Persuader is getting over his cold and should be capable of showing very good form before long.
Ariadne, ridden by the hurdle rider, Redmond, made an exhibition of his field In the St. Alban's Handicap, getting to the end ot the mile in 2.14 2-5, a smart performance. Brown Nugget is not to be depended upon to leave the mark. Louie Drift was whispered about as a good thing for the mile harness, but she lost her chance at the start. Rose Dillon came out of her shell and paced the mile in 2.16 4-5. She never gave the back markers a look in.
Gold Bell was too sore to show his best form at this meeting, and he looked as if it will take some time for him to get right. Jessie's Dream is improving. Her effort m the Whiteleigh Handicap, when she went 4.53, was much the best she has ever gone. Hula was produced at the meeting, but he was much too lame to do anything properly. Albertoria has not improved a second during the last twelve months.
Andy Pringle has no superior as a relnsman or rider either with a pacer or trotter. Tom Annett was in far too great a hurry to hit the front on Commander Bell. It cost him the race, for she was too tired to struggle home. In Cappriccio, McDermott has got one of the most solid pacers in commission. As she has only got two legs and a bit it was good business for her to go 4.57 3-5 in the November Handicap. Golindo Lou gave Free Holmes a sickener in the early part of the meeting and her owner got up behind her on the last day. She is very sour and, would do nothing but try to buck.
The much boomed Moorland did not answer expectations. Grainger is not ready yet. George Hard was patched up and sent to the post for the Courtney Handicap, but he was far too sore to pace and finished last. He is to be blistered and spelled. Black Erie is a fine pacer. It was bad luck for his owner (who was over from Australia to see him run) that be should break down m the Courtney Handicap. Stanley's Child went an ugly "seven" when Black Erie swerved across her after he broke down. Sherwood and Emilius ran very bad races in the Courtney. Emiliuus does not shape as if he will ever stay.
Hal Zolock, like many horses that have done stud duties, does not race well at this season of the game. St. Ursula is looking in great buckle and she should make some money for her owner soon. This mare does not begin very well, but she stays like a boy in a lolly shop.
Notwithstanding the fact that the burning down of the stewards stand at Addington quite upset the totalisator turnover for the day, there was £335 10s more invested on the New Zealand Trotting Cup than there was on the Cup at Riccarton. As expected, Agathos failed to stay out twelve furlongs. Raeburn will be benefited by the racing he had at the meeting. He is a good class pacer. Nance O'Neil who hails from Qamaru, is said to be very fast. She may be at home, but her showings last week were nothing to boast about. Once again Ariadne showed himself to be speedy, but a very poor stayer. Teddy McCann produced his charges in good condition for the meeting, but they were not good enough to catch a race.
Eccentric made the pace very solid in the Free-For-All. Beginning very smartly he got to the half mile peg in 1.4. once round in 1.37 1-5. Then Cathedral Chimes took up the running and flashed past the mile post in 2.11 4-5 only to bo collared by Admiral Wood in the run home and beaten by a narrow margin 2.45 for the mile and a quarter.
Tommy C. was not in one of his happy moods during race week. His displays were not as good as we have seen him give. The Bronzewlng was turned out in great condition for the meeting. She is not nearly as good as report made her.
Irvar is not at all a generous horse. Truganini and Electrocute were trotting well before the meeting, but they must have gone off, as their showings with the colors up and the money down proved. Norval King was stopping to a walk at the end of the Sockburn Handicap, and lasted long enough to win from El Carbine, who but for repeated breaks must have won. Flamingo does not improve. He is a seasoned trotter now and should be showing something better.
Young Freeman Holmes has been very successful on Law Chimes. When he won the Railway Handicap last week he rode her with the greatest confidence and judgment and she just strolled home. Cromstall is not himself. When right he can keep our best pacers busy for a bit.
Someone queried Soda's height last week, when the trainer claimed that as a pony she should be allowed to carry 9.0 instead of 10.0, the officials measured her, the writer being present. She is not more than fourteen hands and half an inch.
When Ben Dillon fell in the Railway Handicap, Ben Jardin looked to get an ugly fall, but he just hit the ground, gave a roll and a bounce and was on his feet again. Bob Allen has Yarravllle pacing well, but the big chestnut does not like the standing starts, Young Tohu, who won the Empire Handicap, the two mile saddle race on the first day of the Metropolitan meeting m 4.43 2-5, was put up to auction last Monday, but did not brlng a bid.
Sal Tasker, Vanquish, O.M.Y. and Gianella are amongst the well-bred matrons who have foaled to Logan Pointer and are to visit the same sire again. Sinado and Calindo Low were turned out in a section for a spell at the end of the meeting. They quarrelled about something and kicked holes in each other.
Anyone would fancy that a three-year-old colt by Wildwood Jnr,— Myosotis would bring some money, but a youngster bred on those lines was passed in at twenty guineas last Monday. He was on the small side but was shapely enough.
Caretaker French had a strenuous time of it at the Metropolitan grounds last week. The place looked a wreck after the fire, but with the assistance of a gang of men he managed to have the building habitable for the two last days. The fire at Addington made a great difference to the totalisator turnover at Addington.
Andy Pringle rode a great race on Treasure Seeker when he won the Governor's Handicap on that gelding. It was a masterly piece of work. King Capitalist is very well, and he can go fast but he is not very solid when the pressure is on. Neither is Commander Bell. She is also a bad breaker. Eruption is not nearly at good as was supposed. Hardy Wllkes is a good trotter until be leaves his feet. Afterwards he cannot be depended upon for any distance. Mr. George Iles purchased him at auction for six hundred guineas last Saturday. It seems a lot of money.
The writer does not want to condemn the standing-start and yards handicapping until they have had a fair trial, but if they do not improve on last week's showing they will have to go out. To start with, to call the start standing was a joke, for in nearly every race some of the competitors were let away with a fly. In fact, in one or two oases contestants were racing when the flag dropped.
A regrettable incident which happened at the Metropolitan meeting was the disqualifying of Emilius for interfering with Cappricio in the Christchurch Handicap. The writer does not intend to express an opinion on the matter, but it seemed ridiculous to suggest that an experienced relnsman like Ranald McDonnell should interfere with a beaten opponent. McDermott, who drove Cappriclo was manly enough to do his best for McDonnell when giving his evidence to the stewards. It was on the stipendiary stewards' evidence that Emilius lost the race. Erin's King was one of the unlucky racers at the meeting. He got pocketed in the Christchurch Handicap and never got out until tho race was practically over.
Bellflower was a trotter amongst pacers in the Australasian Handicap, but she showed more speed over the first half mile than any of her opponents and was in front at the end of a mile. The race was never in doubt after that and she walked home in 4.38 2-6.
Red Heather gave a number of his supporters a severe heartache as he would not begin in the Dominion Trotting Cup. He finished a long way back in fourth place and could not have trotted much bettor than 4.50.
A. Fleming gave £1500 for Our Thorpe last week. This is the biggest price ever given in the Dominion for a pacer, and certainly the horse bought for it is the best we have produced. W. G. Abbott, the Auckland owner trainer, bought Brown's Nugget for £100 during the week. This pacer is on a mark from which he is quite capable of winning. Mr. G. S. Simpson arranged the sale of tho well-known sire, Harold Dillon, during the week. The Messrs Thorne Bros., who havo had a lease of the horse, have now purchased him right out, the price is said to have been £750.
Author Dillon did not race nearly up to his form during the week. He must have won the Enfield if he had gone the mile In 2.15. He did not manage to go 2.17. Desdemona is showing plenty of dash in her track essays but she is not staying on nearly as well as of yore.
Credit: The Looker On writing in NZ Truth 18 Nov 1916
1916 SPRING MEETING: TUESDAY 7 NOVEMBER
The opening of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting of 1916, the most important trotting fixture of the season in the Dominion, will long be remembered by those who were present at Addington yesterday.
The Club's position as the premier organisation of its kind in New Zealand is unquestioned, and the Spring Meeting, which forms one of the strong attractions of Carnival week in Christchurch, helps to bring visitors from all parts of the Dominion. The attendance yesterday was thoroughly representative of both Islands, and though the weather was somewhat sultry at the start of proceedings, and a good deal of dust was flying, the enjoyment of the large crowd present did not seem to be materially affected. Everything promised well for a great day's sport. The appearance of the grounds spoke volumes for the care which had been bestowed upon them; the track was in capital order, and the fields engaged represented the best horses in commission.
Everything was going along swimmingly until after the second race, when it was discovered that the stewards' stand, the finest builing of its kind in the Dominion, was on fire, and as the services of the Fire Brigade could not be obtained until the position was hopeless, the stand was quite destroyed. The fire is referred to at length in another portion of this issue, and need not be dealt with here, but there were many expressions of regret at the destruction of a building which could easily have been saved had the Fire Board's regulations permitted the Brigade to be sent out earlier.
The building was still burning fiercely when the horses went out on the track for the big event of the year, the New Zealand Cup, but after consideration the stewards decided to postpone that event, which was set down to start at 1:50pm until 3:15pm by which time the fire had largely burnt itself out. The delay in the proceedings kept the last race back until just on 6:45pm, but the majority of the crowd stayed until the end, having had with their racing more excitement than they anticipated. Naturally, the business of the Meeting became somewhat disorganised, but the best possible was done under the circumstances, though the officials were at a disadvantage in having to carry out their duties in the weighing enclosure.
It was not surprising to find that the totalisator investments had been seriously affected, and the total at the end of the day was £37,433 10s, as compared with £48,278 10s on the first day last year. The racing generaly was full of interest, though once again the Cup race was largely spoilt by mishap. The distance system of starting came through the day's trial successfully.
...The totalisator investments at Addington on Tuesday did not show such a large falling-off as was at first thought. The total was £37,433 10s as compared with £40,251 10s on the first day last year, not £48,278 10s, the figure supplied to the Press representatives and published yesterday. The latter sum was the amount invested on the third day last year. The investments on the New Zealand Cup on Tuesday amounted to £10,529 10s, a record sum for that race.
The Press 9 Nov 1916
The Spring Handicap, which opened the proceedings, brought out a field of ten unhoppled trotters, Parkfield, Eruption and Albertoria being best backed. Parkfield was never dangerous, and though Eruption showed a lot of pace at different stages of the race, he could not reach the leading division. Albertoria began well, but found the distance a little beyond her, and Miss Salisbury, who went steadily throughout, won comfortably from Jessie's Dream, who, as usual, put in one or two breaks in the course of the race.
Hannah M was made favourite forthe Empire Handicap, a two-mile saddle race with Young Tohu and QuennnTracey next in demand. Young Tohu was quickly in a good position, and won with something to spare from Hannah M, who was ridden out to beat Irvingwood.
At this stage the racing was interrupted by the fire, and when the New Zealand Cup candidates took the field it was found that the back-marker, Our Thorpe, had been withdrawn. J Bryce's coupled pair, Cathedral Chimes and Admiral Wood, were made just a little better favourites than R McDonnell's bracket, Emilius and Evelyn, with Erin's King also solidly supported. St Ursula was fourth and Tommy C fifth in request, but there was a very big drop in the investments as compared with those on the three favourite selections. The field got away fairly well, though Frandocia did not begin kindly, and Emilius early spoilt his chance by breaking. Eccentric, always a qick beginner, made the most of the early running, and he was still in the leading division with a lap to go when he became concerned in the mishap that brought Succeed, Brown Bell and Erin's King to grief. The accident left Manderene momentarily in the lead, but he was soon overhauled by Cathedral Chimes, who, running out wide, had been lucky enough to escape the smash.
The Southland-owned horse quickly established a good lead and, after passing the half-mile post, had the result safe, winning comfortably in the fast time of 4min 31 1/5th sec. Evelyn left the mark well, and soon secured a good position but she was doing her best work at the finish to beat Admiral Wood, who was putting in solid work over the final stages, while Manderene ran a good race in fourth place. The accident robbed the race of a lot of it's interest, for just before he came to grief Erin's King was showing a fine turn of speed, and he would probably have kept the winner extended.
Cathedral Chimes scored a popular victory, and there was a good deal of cheering when the cup, given by the president of the club, Mr C Louisson, was presented to his driver, J Bryce. Cathedral Chimes, who was purchased at quite a moderate price by his present owner, Mr J B Thomson of Invercargill has proved a remarkably good investment for among his victories last season was the Auckland Cup, worth 700 sovs to the winner. He did not qualify for nomination for the New Zealand Cup until August last, whe he won the August Handicap at Addington in 4min 34sec. He was turned out in splendid condition by his trainer and driver, J Bryce, and the time registered for the two miles was only a fifth of a second outside the record for the race.
The extensive brick premises of Thompson and Co, wholesale merchants, were gutted by fire this morning. The bulk of the stock was destroyed, and only the walls remain. The insurance are £29,000, in the Guardian office. The loss is almost total.
Mr J B Thompson, owner of Cathedral Chimes, the winner of the New Zealand Cup, hurried through to Invercargill today, on account, on account of the fire which destroyed his firm's large premises.
The Press 9 Nov 1916
With the big race out of the way the Middleton Handicap, a two mile harness race for unhoppled trotters, claimed attention. Syrie and Eruption were withdrawn, and the coupled pair, Woodchild and Commander Bell received most support with El Carbine a good second favourite. The race was not a very exciting one for Olive L was quickly in front, and trotting very steadily throughout, she won nicely from El Carbine, who showed some great bursts of speed but lost ground by breaking at a critical time.
The Lyttelton Handicap furnished another victory for Mr J B Thomson, whose mare, Soda, paced solidly throughout, and beat Capriccio without much difficulty. Irvar ran a good race for over a mile and a half, but failed over the final stages and was beaten for third place by Oinako, who might have been closer up had he not broken in the straight. A protest entered by E McDermott, driver of Capriccio, against J Bryce, driver of Soda on the ground of interference was dimissed.
The smallest field of the day was that in th Riccarton Handicap, for which Author Dillon and Sir Fulham carried more than half the money invested. Sir Fulham quickly put himself out of court by breaking, and though Author Dillon, after beginning slowly, displayed a lot of speed over the last half-mile, he could not reach Sherwood, who had taken charge at the end of the first lap.
The mile races, which brought the programme to a close, were not particularly exciting events. In the saddle race, the St Albans Handicap, Ariadne was quickly out in front, and was never caught, winning easily from Quincey Maid. The Hagley Handicap, in harness, produced a similar result, for Rose Dillon led from the start, and lasted long enough to win by a couple of lengths from Colmena, who finished very well. The following are details of the racing:-
SPRING HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second horse 40 sovs and third 20 sovs from the stake. For unhoppled trotters only. 5.0 or better. Two miles.
Geo Paul's b m Miss Salisbury by Young Salisbury-Queenie, aged, 40yds (W Orange) 1
A Gallagher's b m Jessie's Dream, aged, scr (Owner) 2
Wickham Sister's b m Albertoria, 6yrs, 10yds (M Edwards)3
James Madison scr, Havana 10yds, Craibwood 30yds, Parkfield 40yds, Bow Bell 40yds, Mokau 70yds and Eruption 100yds also started
Havana would not leave the mark, but the others got away well. Jessie's Dream began smartly, and led for three furlongs, but at the stand Albertoria had taken charge, with Jessie's Dream, Miss Salisbury and James Madison next in order. Going along the back, Jessie's Dream and Miss Salisbury ran past Albertoria, and with a lap to go Miss Salisbury was in front, while Albertoria took second place from Jessie's Dream, who was not going very steadily. Over the final lap Miss Salisbury held her advantage, and won by six lengths from Jessie's Dream, who was four lengths in front of Albertoria. Bow Bell was fourth and James Madison fifth. Time, 4min 53 3/5th sec.
EMPIRE HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second horse 40 sovs and third 20 sovs from the stake. 4.50 or better. Two miles.
E Thompson's b g Young Tohu by Tohu-Colema, aged, 20yds (E McDermott) 1
M Moran's ch m Hannah M, scr (C Tasker) 2
Black & Steele's blk g Irvingwood, 5yrs, scr (A Butterfield) 3
Irvwin scr, Huia scr, Gold Drift scr, Queen Tracey 10yds, Sceptre 30yds, Galindo Lou 30yds, Moorland 40yds, Granger 50yds, Submarine 120yds & Bellflower 120yds also started.
Irvwin and Irvingwood were quickest to begin, and at the end of half a mile they were followed by Young Tohu and Sceptre, with Queen Tracey at the head of the rest. Going along the back, Irvwin broke, and Young Tohu took charge. A lap from home he has Sceptre and Irvingwood as his nearest attendants. Over the last half-mile Young Tohu drew away from the field. Hannah M and Huia being second and third as they passed the tanks. In the run home Young Tohu held his lead, and won comfortably by three lengths from Hannah M, who was two lengths in front of Irvingwood. Bellflower was fourth and Huia fifth. Time, 4min 43 2/5th sec.
NEW ZEALAND CUP HANDICAP (in harness) of 2500 sovs and silver cup; second horse 500 sovs, third 300 sovs and fourth 200 sovs from the stake. For horses that have done 4.36 or better. Two miles.
J B Thomson's b h Cathedral Chimes by Four Chimes-Jean Armour, 5yrs, 36yds (J Bryce) 1
R McDonnell's b m Evelyn by Rothschild-Imperialism, 6yrs, 24yds (A Pringle) 2
Mrs A M Seymour's b h Admiral Wood, 6yrs, 72yds (F Holmes) 3
J G Lecky's b h Manderene by Norval-Eland, scr (J Clarke) 4
I M Thompson's br m Brown Bell, aged, scr (W R Thomas)
S Chambers's ch m Succeed, aged, scr (L O Thomas)
R T Reid's gr g Eccentric, aged, scr (J Brankin)
Hall & Black's br g Frandocia, aged, scr (N L Price)
J D Piper's b h Jewel Chimes, aged, scr (D Nyhan)
W H Young's b m St Ursula, 6yrs, scr (A Fleming)
R McDonnell's b h Emilius, 5yrs, 12yds (Owner)
M Edwards's b h Wallace Wood, aged, 12yds (Owner)
H W Kitchingham's b h Jingle, aged, 24yds (H Gaskill)
T Roe's br m Steel Bell, aged, 24yds (H Kinnimont)
J D Parker's b h Erin's King, 5yrs, 24yds (A Hendricksen)
J Henderson's b g Tommy C, aged, 48yds (R Reay)
R Allen's br g Don Caesar, 6yrs, 84yds (Owner)
Manderene and Wallace Wood, Brown Bell and Succeed, Emilius and Evelyn, Catherdal Chimes and Admiral Wood were bracketed.
Frandocia did not begin well, and Eccentric, leaving the mark smartly, showed the way over the first two furlongs to Manderene, Succeed and Evelyn. Passing the stand the first time, Eccentric had a three lengths lead from Evelyn, after whom came Manderene, Succeed, St Ursula and Steel Bell, with Cathedral Chimes next, while Emilius broke badly and dropped to the rear. Turning to the back stretch, Eccentric was followed by Manderene, Evelyn, St Ursula, Steel Bell and then after a gap of three lengths came Catherdral Chimes, with Brown Bell and Erin's King next. Rounding the turn to the straight, there was not much change in positions, and entering the last lap Eccentric, Manderene, Cathedral Chimes, succeed, Evelyn and St Ursula were racing in close order, while Erin's King was putting in a good run on the rails. Just after passing the judge's box, Eccentric made a slight skip. Succeed ran into him, and Brown Bell and Erin's King also came down. This accident left Manderene in the lead, followed by Cathedral Chimes, Evelyn, and St Ursula, the quartette being well clear of the rest of the field. Half a mile from home Cathedral Chimes went to the front and won easily by six lengths from Evelyn who was two lengths in front of the fast-finishing Admiral Wood. Manderene was another two lengths away followed by Jewel Chimes, Frandocia, Wallace Wood and St Ursula. Time, 4min 31 1/5th sec
MIDDLETON HANDICAP (in harness) of 250 sovs; second horse 50 sovs and third 25 sovs from the stake. 4.52 or better. for unhoppled trotters. Two miles.
Mrs J Lawrence's br m Olive L, by Wallace L-Cissie Wood, 6yrs, 10yds (E Berry) 1
J Porter's br h El Carbine, aged, 20yds (A Pringle) 2
A Quigley's b h Norval King, 6yrs, 20yds (E McDermott) 3
Paul Huon scr, Miss Vivian 10yds, Treasure Seeker 10yds, Wild Tree 10yds, Flamingo 20yds, Imperial Crown 20yds, Woodchild 30yds, Commander Bell 50yds, Auckland Girl 40yds, Truganini 60yds, Galician 70yds, Quincey 100yds and Electrocute 120 yds also started.
Woodchild & Commander Bell were bracketed.
Olive L, Wild Tree and Flamingo were the leaders over the early stages, and with half a mile gone Olive L was three lenghts clear of Flamingo and Norval King, with Wild Tree and Miss Vivian next. Along the back, Norval King took second place behind Olive L who was still in charge six furlongs from home, while El Carbine was making up his ground fast. A break in the back stretch lost El Carbine a lot of ground, and though he finished well he broke again near the post, and Olive L won by four lengths. Norval King was eight lengths back, and then came Miss Vivian and Imperial Crown. Time, 4min 44 3/5th sec.
LYTTELTON HANDICAP (in harness) of 300 sovs; second horse 60 sovs and third 30 sovs from the stake. 4.45 or better. Two miles.
J B Thomson's b m Soda by Harold Dillon-Franca, 6yrs, 10yds (J Bryce) 1
E McDermott's b m Capriccio, 5yrs, 20yds (Owner) 2
G Booker's ch h Oinako, 5yrs, 60yds (R W Franks) 3
Waitchie 10yds, The Bronzewing scr, The Whip scr, Gold Crest scr, Irvar scr, Lindetta 10yds, Reggie Huon 20yds, Red Mac 40yds, Sir Fulham 50yds and Huon Drift 50yds also started.
Irvar and Lindetta showed the way past the stand where Sir Fulham had run into third place, but broke, and lost a lot of ground. Soda was closing on the leaders fast, and in the second circuit was just behind Irvar, who was still in front six furlongs from home. Irvar led along the back stretch, but before reaching the tanks Soda and Capriccio had run past him and a little further on Oinako took third place. Soda was first into the straight, and won by six lengths from Capriccio, who was eight lengths in front of Oinako, the latter breaking at the finish. Irvar was fourth, Lindetta fifth and The Whip next. Time, 4min 37 3/5th sec.
RICCARTON HANDICAP (in harness)of 350 sovs; second horse 70 sovs and third 35 sovs from the stake. 3.27 or better. One mile and a half.
W D Lemon's blk g Sherwood, by Kerrwood-Jessie B, 6yrs, 36yds (A Bright) 1
J Knight's b h Author Dillon, 4yrs, 30yds (B Jarden) 2
H Herrick's b g Persuader, aged, 48yds (J Bryce) 3
Sungod scr, Little Tib scr, Sir Fulham scr, Franzalena 12yds and Stanley's Child 36yds also started.
Sungod and Little Tib made the early running with Sir Fulham next, but the last-named, though showing a lot of pace, broke, and dropped right back. With half the distance covered, Sherwood had taken charge from Sungod, who was followed by Little Tib, Persuader and Author Dillon. Going along the back, Author Dillon put in a fast run, but though he cut down the others, he could not reach Sherwood, who won easily by six lengths. Persuader, who was eased up, was eight lengths back, just in front of Stanley's Child, with Sungod next. Time, 3min 26 1/5th sec.
ST ALBANS HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second horse 40 sovs and third 20 sovs from the stake. 2.20 or better. One mile.
Dalton & Forbes's b g Ariadne by Lord Althorpe-Sweedy, aged, scr (E Redman) 1
W D Lemon's b m Quincey Maid, 6yrs, scr (H Frost) 2
W E Simes's b m Law Chimes, aged, 24yds (F Holmes) 3
Quinaldine scr, Blackness scr, Rothanic scr, General Link scr, OIC 12yds, Dalwhinnie 48yds, Nance O'Neill scr, Bacchus 36yds, First Alarm scr, Seychelles 12yds, Promotion 12yds, Ottawa 12yds, Flora Tracey 12yds, Bellis 48yds also started.
Ariadne had a good lead before the field had gone a couple of furlongs, and he held his advantage throughout, winning by eight lengths from Quincey Maid, who was ten lengths in front of Law Chimes. Bellis was fourth and Ottawa fifth. Time 2min 14 3/5th sec
HAGLEY HANDICAP (in harness) of 250 sovs; second horse 50 sovs and third 25 sovs from the stake. 2.19 or better. One mile.
A Rice's ch m Rose Dillon by Harold Dillon, aged, scr (Owner) 1
F Johnston's ch g Colmena, aged, 12yds (R Dunn) 2
J Parkinson's b h Sungod, 5yrs, 12yds (E McCann) 3
Lady Theckla scr, The Whip scr, Seychelles scr, Louie Drift scr, Bright 12yds, Brown's Nugget 12yds, Mountain Rose 24yds, Ben Dillon 24yds and John Dillon 36yds also started.
Rose Dillon, beginning smartly, was four lengths clear of Seychelles as they passed the stand, Colmena being at the head of the others. Going along the back, Colmena moved up into second place, but Rose Dillon kept the lead, and won by a couple of lengths. Sungod was six lengths away third, just in front of Seychelles, with Mountain Rose next. Time, 2min 16 4/5th sec.
Credit: The Press 8 Nov 1916
1916 SPRING MEETING: THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER
The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting as continued at Addington yesterday in fine but windy weather. A strong nor'-west wind was blowing during the early part of the afternoon, raising an unpleasant amount of dust and though towards the close the breeze was veering towards the south-west and the atmosphere was somewhat cooler, the afternoon was not a particularly pleasant one.
Those who saw the wreckage of the steward's stand after Tuesday's fire were amazed to see what had been done in the brief interval to make the ground floor and balcony available for the officials and their guests, riders and drivers, and members of the Press. All the debris had been cleared away, temporary door and fittings erected, and screens of tarpaulin and canvas were used in place of walls and ceilings. The officers were enabled to proceed with their work with comparatively little inconvenience and as the balcony itself was prectically uninjured those entitled to use it had their customary good view of the racing. The transformation effected by the big gang of men who set to work on Wednesday at daylight, under the direction of Messrs Luttrell Bros, was little short of marvellous.
The attendance was very good, and the track was in capital order though naturally somewhat dusty. The totalisator investments were £36,109 10s. as compared with £36,813 on the second day last year. There was some very interesting racing, the Free For Allbeing an especially attractive feature of the programme.
The Whiteleigh Handicap which opened the proceedings, found backers somewhat at fault as the bracketed pair - Albertoria and Huia - who were made favourites, were never dangerous. Rummy was early in a good position and a lap from home had a useful lead, but he was tiring at the finish, and in the hands of a less capable horseman than A Pringle would probably have been beaten.
The November Handicap was responsible for a fine performance on the part of Capriccio, who had run into third place with a lap to go, and, finishing very well won nicely in the fast time of 4min 37 3/5sec. Irvingwood, whom as second, gave his best performance to date.
Oinako and Jewel Chimes were withdrawn from the Courtenay Handicap, for which the Australian-owned Black Eric was made favourite, with Hal Zolock and Moneymaker next in demand. Moneymaker led practically all the way, and won without any great difficulty from Hal Zolock and Frandocia. Black Eric was going exceedingly well when he broke down and had to be pulled up coming into the straight the second time. Emilius was showing a good turn of speed when he left his feet and dropped back into the ruck.
J Bryce's bracketed pair - Raeburn and Colmena - carried most money in the Metropolitan Handicap. Nordica was responsible for most of the pace but she was tiring at the finish, and Colmena, putting in a strong run over the last two furlongs caught her at the top of the straight and won rather comfortably, while in a punishing finish Sinoda beat Nordica for second place.
J Bryce supplied the favourites in the Free For All also, Admiral Wood and Cathedral Chimes being very solidly supported. Eccentric beginning very smartly, piloted the field in the early stages, but then dropped back and the finish was fought out between Admiral Wood and Cathedral Chimes, the former winning by three-parts of a length.
In a useful field of trotters that contested the Sockburn Handicap, Lord Roanchild was made favourite, but shaped disappointingly. Norval King settled to his work well and though he had had enough at the finish he beat El Carbine by a good three lengths. The latter showed a lot of pace, but a couple of breaks caused him to lose a good deal of ground, and probably cost him the race.
Law Chimes was one of the smartest to begin in the Railway Handicap, and she won comfortably from Quincey Maid, who was putting in good work at the finish. John Dillon owed his victory in the Royal Handicap to the fact that he began so well and had such a good lead in the early stages of the race, for he was stopping badly at the finish, while Mintson was running on well. The following are details of the racing:-
WHITELEIGH HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second 40 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. For unhoppled trotters. 5.58 or better. Two miles.
A Redcliff's b g Rummy by General Pet-Kentucky mare, aged, 70yds (A Pringle) 1
A Gallagher's b m Jessie's Dream, aged, scr (Owner) 2
W T Lowe's ch m Commander Bell, aged, 100yds, scr (T Annett) 3
Havana scr, Maungatui scr, Albertoria scr and Huia 70yds(coupled), Parkfield 20yds, Macwood 20yds, Bow Bell 20yds, Mokau 50yds, Miss Salisbury 60yds and Chub 60yds also started.
The front division were rather slow to begin and the back-markers soon closed on them. Passing the stand the first time, Jessie's Dream was leading from Macwood, Rummy, and Miss Salisbury, with Albertoria and Commander Bell at the head of the rest. Going along the back, Rummy and Jessie's Dream were together, with Commander Bell next. A lap from home Rummy had a good lead from Jessie's Dream and Commander Bell, the latter losing ground by breaking. These three had the race to themselves, and though Rummy was tiring at the finish, he lasted long enough to win by a length from Jessie's Dream, who beat Commander Bell by half a length. Macwood was some distance back fourth, with Bow Bell and Maungatui next. Time, 4min 45sec.
NOVEMBER HANDICAP (in saddle) of 250 sovs; second 50 sovs and third 25 sovs from stake. 4.48 or better. Two miles.
E McDermott's b m Capriccio by OYM-Cappadocia, 5yrs, 50yds (Owner) 1.
Black & Steele's blk g Irvingwood, aged, scr (A Butterfield) 2.
G Hunter's b g Moorland, 6yrs, 10yds (E Redmond) 3.
Galindo Lou scr and The Bronzewing 10yds(coupled), Waitchie 30yds(coupled with Moorland), Hannah M 10yds, Granger 20yds, Yarraville 30yds and Submarine 90yds also started.
Irvingwood, The Bronzewing and Moorland were the leaders passing the stand, with Galindo Lou next. There was not much change during the next circuit, and six furlongs from home, Moorland and Irvingwood were on terms, but Capricco had moved up into third place. The Bronzewing and Yarraville following. Along the back Moorland and Irvingwood were racing together about four lengths clear of Capriccio, but turning towards the straight, Capriccio closed on the leaders, and in a good race home drew away, and won by three lengths. Irvingwood was three-parts of a length in front of Moorland with The Bronzewing twelve lengths back fourth, and Yarraville and Granger next. Time, 4min 37 3/5th sec.
COURTENAY HANDICAP (in harness) of 600 sovs; second 120 sovs and third 60 sovs from stake. 4.39 or better. Two miles.
J G S Holmes's b g Moneymaker by Rothschild-Cocoanut, 6yrs, 12yds (A Pringle) 1
B Shadbolt's br h Hal Zolock, aged, 36yds (A Hendricksen) 2
Hall & Black's b g Frandocia, aged, 36yds (N L Price) 3
R Tasker's ch g Gearge Hard, aged, scr (Owner)
R J Munro's ch g Huon Drift, aged, scr (Owner)
R Byer's b g Black Eric, aged, 36yds (Owner)
R G C Munro's b m Stanley's Child, aged, 36yds (Owner)
W H Young's b m St Ursula, 6yrs, 36yds (Owner)
W D Lemon's blk g Sherwood, 6yrs, 48yds (J Brankin)
J Lecky's blk h Manderene, aged, 48yds (Owner)
R McDonnell's b h Emilius, 5yrs, 48yds (Owner)
T Roe's gr m Steel Bell, aged, 60yds (H Kinnimont)
Huon Drift stood on the mark till his chance was hopeless, while Moneymaker, Black Eric, Hal Zolock and Emilius went away smartly. Passing the stand the first time Moneymaker was followed by Black Eric, Emilius and Manderene, with Frandocia and Sherwood next. In the back stretch Emilius headed Black Eric, who broke down, and had to be pulled up in the straight, where Stanley's Child fell. With a lap to go Moneymaker, Hal Zolock, Frandocia, Manderene and Sherwood was the order, Emilius having broken and lost his place. Over the final circuit Moneymaker held his advantage and won comfortably by six lengths from Hal Zolock, Frandocia was four lengths away, followed by St Ursula, Sherwood ans Emilius. Time, 4min 37sec.
METROPOLITAN HANDICAP of 250 sovs; second horse 50 sovs and third 25 sovs from the stake. 3.33 or better. One mile and a half.
F Johnston's ch g Colmena by Dictator, aged, 50yds (R Dunn) 1
J C Whiteman's b m Sinoda, 5yrs, scr (F Holmes) 2
W B Masham's br m Nordica, 6yrs, scr (N L Price) 3
Nance O'Neil scr, Lucille scr, The Whip scr, Raeburn 10yds(coupled with Colmena), Irvar 10yds, General Link 10yds, Lindetta 20yds, Seychelles 20yds, Agathos 30yds and Ariadne 60yds also started.
Nordica and Irvar cut out the running for six furlongs, and entering the last lap Nordica was followed by Nance O'Neil, Irvar and Sinoda, with Raeburn moving up on the outside. Nordica led along the back and rounding the turn to the straight, but there the field closed up. Colmena, who put in a fast run from the tanks, drew out in the straight and won by four lengths, Sinoda beating Nordica by half a length for second place. Ariadne was fourth and Raeburn fifth. Time, 3min 28 2/5th sec.
FREE-FOR-ALL of 500 sovs; second horse 100 sovs and third 50 sovs from the stake. One mile and a quarter.
Mrs A Seymour's b h Admiral Wood by Wildwood Jnr-DIC, 6yrs (J Bryce) 1
J B Thomson's b h Cathedral Chimes, 5yrs (P Dunn) 2
J Henderson's b g Tommy C, aged (R Reay) 3
Eccentric, Don Caesar and Adelaide Direct also started.
(Admiral Wood and Cathedral Chimes were bracketed).
At the third attempt, the six starters were got away in a very fair line, but Adelaide Direct skipped almost at once and dropped back. Eccentric, as usual, began smartly, and over the first two furlongs was closely followed by Don Caesar and Cathedral Chimes. Eccentric still lead six furlongs from home, but Cathedral Chimes had run into second place, while Admiral Wood was moving up on the outside, and Don Caesar was in a rather awkward postion next to the rails. Eccentric showed the way round the turn to the back stretch, but there Cathedral Chimes ran to the front, and Admiral Wood took second place. This pair had the race to themselves. Admiral Wood outpacing Cathedral Chimes in the run home, and winning by three-parts of a length. Tommy C was three lengths away third, with Don Caesar fourth, Adelaide Direct next and Eccentric last. Time, 2min 45sec.
SOCKBURN HANDICAP (in harness) of 350 sovs; second horse 70 sovs and third 35 sovs from stake. 4.48 of better. Two miles.
A Quigley's b h Norval King by Norval-Golden Mary, 6yrs, 10yds (E McDermott) 1
J Porter's br h El Carbine, aged, 30yds (A Pringle) 2
N L Price's b h Imperial Crown, aged, scr (Owner) 3
Paul Huon scr, Lord Roanchild scr, Flamingo scr Blackthorn 20yds, Truganini 20yds, Quincey 60yds, and Electrocute 80yds also started.
Flamingo, Norval King and Imperial Crown made the early running with Lord Roanchild and El Carbine next. At the end of a mile El Carbine had run into third place, and six furlongs from home he was in second place behind Norval King, but broke and lost ground. Norval King and El Carbine drew clear of the rest of the field over the last half-mile, and they were on terms turning for home, but El Carbine broke again, and Norval King beat him home by three lengths. Imperial Crown was six lengths away, followed by Flamingo, Quincey and Truganini. Time, 4min 49sec.
RAILWAY HANDICAP (in saddle) of 250 sovs; second horse 50 sovs and third 25 sovs from stake. One mile
W E Simes's b m Law Chimes by Abbey Bells-Jewel's Heiress, aged, scr (F Holmes jun) 1
W D Lemon's b m Quincey Maid, 6yrs, 24yds (H Frost) 2
J Parkinson's b h Sungod, 5yrs, scr (E McCann) 3
Lady Theckla scr, Ben Dillon 12yds, Bellis 24yds, Soda 48yds, Red Mac 24yds, Yarraville 24yds, Glendalough 24yds, Stanley's Child 24yds, Cromstall 36yds and Frandocia 48yds also started. (Quincey Maid and Soda were bracketed)
Lady Theckla stood on the mark, and Law Chimes and Sungod went away very smartly, this pair, with Quincey Maid next, being well clear of the others. Going along the back Quincey Maid ran into second place, but she could not reach Law Chimes, who won by three lengths. Sungod was a similar distance away third, with Soda fourth and Red Mac fifth. Time, 2min 17 4/5th sec.
ROYAL HANDICAP (in harness) of 300 sovs; second horse 60 sovs and third 30 sovs from the stake. 2.17 or better. One mile.
A W Gordon's b h John Dillon by Harold Dillon-Lincoln Yet mare, 6yrs 12 yds (M Edwards) 1
Mrs A Seymour's b h Mintson, 5yrs, 36yds (J Bryce) 2
R Allan's br g Don Caesar, aged, 48yds (Owner) 3
Mountain Rose scr, Gold Bell scr, Havoc scr, Desdemona 12yds, Franzalena 12yds and Rena Pointer 36yds also started.(Mintson and Rena Pointer were bracketed)
John Dillon was quickly into his stride, and at the end of two furlongs was well clear of Havoc, Mintson, Rena Pointer and Don Caesar, who were racing in that order. Havoc dropped out before turning into the back stretch, and John Dillon went on with a commanding lead. He was tiring in the straight, but stayed on to win by three lengths from Mintson, who was a length in front of Don Caesar; Rena pointer ourth and Havoc fifth. Time, 2min 17 2/5th sec.
Credit: The Press 10 Nov 1916
1916 SPRING MEETING: FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER
The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club's Spring Meeting was concluded yesterday in fine weather, for after a dull morning the sun shone out before mid-day, and with a cool breeze blowing the conditions were much more pleasant than those experienced on Thursday.
The attendance was very good, though the totalisator investments showed a slight decrease, the figures for the day being £45,247, as compared with £48,278 10s, making the total for the three days £118,790, as against £125,342.
The racing yesterday was exceptionally interesting, and the management was in all respects in keeping with the high standard that has been so long associated with the Metropolitan Club's fixtures.
The most important race on the card yesterday was the Christchurch Handicap, which brought out a field of thirteen starters, Steel Bell being the only scratching. The bracketed pair, Prince Berlin and Admiral Wood, were very solidly backed, but the actual favourite was Erin's King. The race was an interesting one. Capriccio was responsible for the pace in the early stages, but found herself outpaced at the finish. She was passed by Emilius at the turn near the tanks, and after an investigation the stewards, acting on the report of the chief stipendiary steward, Mr T H Davey, came to the conclusion that R McDonnell, the driver of Emilius, had been at fault in crossing Capriccio before having the necessary lead. Emilius was therefore disqualified, and Erin's King was awarded first place with Capriccio second, and Admiral Wood third.
A feature of the day's racing was the form shown in the two-mile saddle races by A Pringle, who won the Governor's Handicap on Treasure Seeker, and the Australasian Handicap on Bellflower. The former event was confined to trotters, and Pringle rode a very well-judged race. In the Australasian Handicap he had to meet a field of very smart pacers, but had the result in safe keeping a good way from home.
Hardy Wilkes, the only trotter engaged in the Victoria Handicap, of two miles and a quarter, put up a very good performance in that event, as he took the lead early and won comfortably from Huon Drift. The form shown by Hardy Wilkes in this event gained him a lot of support for the Dominion Trotting Handicap, but in the latter race he refused to settle to his work properly. Lady Wilminton began well and trotted without a mistake, but Whispering Willie, who was well driven by J Bryce, had too much pace for her at the finish, and won in good style.
The Enfield Handicap, the mile saddle race, produced a very good finish between Mintson, St Ursula and Author Dillon, but in the Recovery Handicap, in harness, Dillon Bell was in front all the way, and stayed long enough to win by two lengths from Eccentric. The following are details of the racing:-
GOVERNOR'S HANDICAP (in saddle) of 200 sovs; second horse 40 sovs and third 20 sovs from stake. 4.55 or better. Two miles.
F Holmes's b g Treasure Seeker by Rothschild, aged, 30yds (A Pringle) 1
J H Power's blk g Wild Tree, aged, 30yds (E McDermott) 2
H A Lloyd's b g King Capitalist, aged, 60yds (M Edwards) 3
Macwood scr, Jessie's Dream 20yds, Mokau 20yds, Imperial Crown 40yds, Eruption 50yds, Commander Bell 110yds also started.
Treasure Seeker was quickly out in front, and at the end of half a mile was followed by Wild Tree, Jessie's Dream and King Capitalist, who were racing in close order. Going out of the straight Jessie's Dream dropped back and King Capitalist went on in third place. Treasure Seeker, Wild Tree and King Capitalist drew away from the rest of the field, and the first-named going without a mistake, while the other two broke, won by a couple of lengths. King Capitalist was a length away third, followed some lengths back by Commander Bell and Jessie's Dream. Time, 4min 47sec.
VICTORIA HANDICAP (in harness) of 350 sovs; second horse 70 sovs and third 35 sovs from stake. 5.24 or better. Two miles and a quarter.
J Fleming's b h Hardy Wilkes by Marvin Wilkes-Doris M, 6yrs 30yds (A Fleming) 1
R J Munro's ch g Huon Drift, aged 80yds (Owner) 2
N Edwards's b h Wallace Wood, aged, 120yds (Owner) 3
Paul Huon scr, Proud Girl 10yds, Galindo Lou 20yds, and The Bronzewing 20yds also started. (Galindo Lou and The Bronzewing were bracketed).
The front division were slow to begin, while Huon Drift got away well. Hardy Wilkes settled down quickly, and before a lap had been covered was in the lead, followed by The Bronzewing. Huon Drift was running third at the end of six fulongs, Hardy Wilkes then being well clear of The Bronzewing. There was no change in the order of this trio over the next lap, but six furlongs from home The Bronzewing was tiring, and a little further on Huon Drift ran into second place. Hardy Wilkes, however, was still going along comfortably in the lead, and Huon Drift could make no impression on him over the final stages, the favourite winning by eight lengths. Wallace Wood was about twenty yards away third, with Paul Huon fourth and The Bronzewing next. Time, 5min 19sec.
CHRISTCHURCH HANDICAP (in harness) of 750 sovs; second horse 150 sovs and third 75 sovs from the stake. 4.38 or better. Two miles.
J D Parker's b h Erin's King by Hal Zolock-BJN, 5yrs, 48yds (A Hendricksen) 1
E McDermott's b m Capriccio, 5yrs, 12yds (Owner) 2
Mrs A Seymour's b h Admiral Wood, 5yrs, 109yds (F Holmes) 3
R McDonnell's b h Emilius, 5yrs, 36yds (Owner) disq
G Booker's ch h Oinako, 5yrs, scr (R W Franks)
I M Thompson's br m Brown Bell, aged, 24yds (L O Thomas)
W H Young's b m St Ursula, 6yrs, 24yds (A Fleming)
J G S Holmes's b g Moneymaker, 6yrs, 36yds (A Pringle)
B Shadbolt's br h Hal Zolock, aged, 36yds (D Nyhan)
J Farrell's b h St Kevin, aged, 36yds (J Brankin)
H W Kitchingham's b h Jingle, aged, (H Gaskell)
Holland Bros' br g Prince Berlin, aged, 48yds (J Bryce)
J Henderson's b g Tommy C, aged, 72yds (R Reay)
(Prince Berlin and Admiral Wood were bracketed)
Oinako refused to leave the mark, and St Kevin and Tommy C also lost their chances at the start. Capriccio went away well and at the end of half a mile she was showing the way to Emilius, Brown Bell, Erin's King, St Ursula and Moneymaker. They raced practically in that order over the next circuit, and with a lap to go Capriccio still held command from Emilius, after whom came Moneymaker, St Ursula, Brown Bell and Erin's King, with Admiral Wood moving up fast on the outside. Going along the back Emilius was closing on Capriccio and at the tanks he headed her and quickly took the inside running. Racing for the straight Erin's King passed Cappriccio, but could not reach Emilius, who beat him home by three lengths. Capriccio was a similiar distance back in third place, followed by Admiral Wood, Moneymaker, and Prince Berlin. Time, 4min 33 2/5th sec.
Subsequently Emilius was disqualified for crossing Capriccio at the turn near the tanks, and first place was awardsed to Erin's King, with Capriccio second and Admiral Wood third.
AUSTRALASIAN HANDICAP (in saddle) of 300 sovs; second 60 sovs and third 30 sovs from stake. 4.45 or better. Two miles.
J Hamilton's br m Bellflower by Bellman, aged, 70yds (A Pringle) 1
J B Thomson's b m Soda, 6yrs, 90yds (F E Jones) 2
Black & Steele's blk g Irvingwood, 10yds (A Butterfield) 3
OIC 20yds, Lindetta 20yds, Young Tohu 30yds, Agathos 30yds, Disappear 30yds, Submarine 70yds, Ariadne 70yds and Stanley's Child 90yds also started.
Irvingwood, Lindetta and Agathos made the early running, but at the end of half a mile Bellflower was in front, with Agathos, Irvingwood, Lindetta and Ariadne next. In the second mile Ariadne made up his ground fast, and at the tanks had taken second place behind Bellflower. With a lap to go Bellflower was leading from Ariadne, Irvingwood and Soda. Ariadne dropped out over the last half mile, and Soda and Irvingwood raced on terms half a dozen lengths behind Bellflower. The favourite was not seriously troubled in the run home, and won by four lengths from Soda, who was a neck in front of Irvingwood. Stanley's Child was a poor fourth, and then came Submarine and Ariadne. Time 4min 38 2/5th sec.
DOMINION TROTTING HANDICAP (in harness) of 600 sovs; second horse 120 sovs and third 60 sovs from the stake. For unhoppled trotters. 4.46 or better. Two miles.
C Allington's b g Whispering Willie by Woodland Whistere-Gossip, 6yrs, scr (J Bryce) 1
F J McCammon's b m Lady Wilmington, aged, scr (M Edwards) 2
E E Cuneen's br g Galician, aged, 10yds (A Hendricksen) 3
Truganini scr, Blackthorn scr, Red Heather 10yds, Hardy Wilkes 10yds & 40yds penalty, Rummy 10yds, Olive L 20yds, Commander Bell 30yds, Quincey 40yds, Master Raymond 50yds and Electrocute 60yds also started.
(Blackthorn and Lady Wilmington were bracketed)
Galician, Lady Wilmington, Whispering Willie, Truganini and Red Heather was the order passing the stand the first time, and there was little change on the next lap. Lady Wilmington was well clear of the others six furlongs from home, and in the back stretch she had a good lead from Galician and Whispering Willie. The last-named broke and lost a good deal of ground, Lady Wilmington apparently having the race in her keeping. Whispering Willie, however, was soon into his stride again, and finishing with a great burst of speed, beat Lady Wilmington by a couple of lengths. Galician was ten lengths away, followed by Red Heather, Truganini an Quincey. Time, 4min 45 2/5th sec.
HORNBY HANDICAP (in harness) of 250 sovs; second horse 50 sovs and third 25 sovs from the stake. 2.55 or better. One mile and a quarter.
J Brankin's b g General Link by General Mac-Imperialwood, 6yrs, scr (Owner) 1
M Edward's b m Adelaide Direct, aged, 84yds (Owner) 2
J Parkinson's b h Sungod, 5yrs, 24yds (E McCann) 3
Sinoda scr, Louie Drift scr, Nance O'Neill scr, Brown's Nuggett 24yds, Sir Fulham 24yds, Bright 24yds, Mountain Rose 36yds, Havoc 36yds, Ben Dillon 36yds, Childsdale 48yds and Succeed 48yds also started. (Brown's Nugget and Sir Fulham were bracketed)
Of the limit division General Link was quickest to begin, and at the end of half a mile he had Sinoda and Sir Fulham as his nearest attendants. General Link was out with a big lead in the back stretch, where Adelaide Direct was improving her position fast. Turning for home Adelaide Direct had run into second place, but could not reach General Link, who won by three lengths. Sungod was six lengths away third followed by Sir Fulham, Nance O'Neill and Succeed. Time, 2min 54 4/5th sec.
ENFIELD HANDICAP (in saddle) of 300 sovs; second horse 60 sovs and third 30 sovs from the stake. 2.16 or better. One mile.
Mrs A Seymour's b h Mintson by Papanui-Mint, 5yrs, 36yds (H Frost) 1
W H Young's br m St Ursula, 6yrs, 12yds (R W Franks) 2
J Knight's b h Author Dillon, 4yrs, 12yds (B Jarden) 3
Franzalena scr, Little Tib scr, Cromstall 12yds, Dalwhinnie scr, Desdemona scr, Red Mac scr, Frandocia 24yds, St Kevin 48yds, Solo 48yds also started. (Little Tib and Cromstall were bracketed)
Desdemona began smartly, and passing the stand had Author Dillon and Red Mac in close attendance. Going out of the straight St Kevin was closing on the leaders, and in the back stretch had taken fourth place, but soon dropped back beaten. Author Dillon, St Ursula and Desdemona were racing in close order when the straight was reached, but over the last hundred yards Mintson came with a strong run, and won by a bare length from St Ursula, who was three-parts of a length in front of Author Dillon. Desdemona was fourth, Little Tib fifth, Solo sixth and Cronstall next. Time, 2min 15 1/5th sec.
RECOVERY HANDICAP (in harness) of 300 sovs; second 60 sovs and third 30 sovs from the stake. 2.15 or better. One mile.
M Edwards's b h Dillon Bell by Harold Dillon-Wild Belle, aged, scr (Owner) 1
R T Reid's gr g Eccentric, aged, 24yds (J Brankin) 2
J D Piper's b h Jewel Chimes, aged, scr (D Nyhan) 3
Steel Bell scr, Author Dillon scr, Frank Tracey 12yds, Rena Pointer 12yds, Sherwood 12yds and Don Caesar 24yds also started.
Dillon Bell jumped away smartly, being followed past the stand by Frank Tracey, Eccentric and Jewel Chimes. Dillon Bell kept the lead, and though he was tiring at the finish, won by two lengths from Eccentric, who was the same distance in front of Jewel Chimes. Sherwood was fourth, and Frank Tracey fifth. Time, 2min 17sec.
Credit: The Press 11 Nov 1916
October: The CPTC decided that the stake for the Champion Handicap be increased to £1,000.
November: Messrs I Franks, C E Cross, R Derrett and I A Holmes were appointed judiciary stewards to act with the stipendary stewards.
Credit: C P Centennial History
The first major fire occurred during the early afternoon on Cup Day 1916 when the new Stewards and Members Stand which had only been in use for eighteen months was reported to be on fire. At about 1:15pm a Member remarked to a friend that it seemed to be extremely warm and being of an inquiring nature he prodded the floor with his walking stick in several places ceasing his investigations when his stick went through the floor and smoke and flame came out the hole he had made. The officials were notified and several got to work with small hoses from a lead of water provided in the building for emergencies and also with water buckets. Those present on the stand were quietly notified to leave which they did without any undue excitement. More drastic measures were then taken. The flooring was torn up with the object of getting to the seat of the fire and a call was sent out to the Fire Brigade who, however, did not turn up at once as the call was from outside the fire district. Fanned by the Nor’ Wester the fire soon got a strong hold and the heat was so intense that it was not long before the panes of plate glass enclosing the grandstand began to crack and fall. The Brigade by this time, had several leads playing onto the building but one hose was lost when a piece of falling plate glass severed it, rendering it useless. Shortly before 3.00pm the fire had practically burnt itself out, with the roof and all the big iron girders having fallen in leaving only the shell of the lower storey. The bottom portion of the concrete staircase giving access to the top of the building were more or less intact. The crowd forgot the racing for a time but interest in the conflagration soon waned and in a short while the totalisator was again going for the cup and except for the ruins everything looked almost normal. It is believed that the outbreak was due to the fusing of an electric cable in the building. The insurance on the stand, which cost approximately £8,000, was £7,000 and was divided between the Norwich Union, South British, Commercial Union, Royal Exchange, Ocean and National Companies. A request from a man who assisted at the fire for the replacement of his suit which was severely damaged was agreed to by the Committee.
In February 1917 the Architects, Luttrell Brothers, were instructed to prepare plans and specifications for the re-erection of the Stewards and Members Stand and to call tenders immediately. The reconstruction of the stand was completed in time for the start of the 1917/18 season.
Credit: NZMTC: Historical Notes compiled by D C Parker